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Could Formula One cars sweep through the Olympic Stadium? , photo by Cmglee

 

 

 

The idea of a London Grand Prix isn’t a new one, Paris, London and New York as the great cities of the world have each been linked with Grand Prix on their streets. Well New York, or at least Port Imperial with the backdrop of New York, will host a Grand Prix from next year, plans for a Paris Grand Prix seem to have been scrapped but now a London Grand Prix seems possible again at the Olympic Park, plans for a central London street race having been talked about extensively in the 90s and 00s.

 

The idea is similar to that for the Sochi Olympic Park in Russia that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics and the site will then host Formula One, starting the same year. The beauty of the project is that it makes use of transport links, facilities and space from the Olympics to hold a Grand Prix. In London the Olympic Park will be left with a lot of green space and some of the facilities will be decontructed leaving spare space with a number of redevlopment plans being considered currently by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) .

 

The London Grand Prix is just one idea but it has already been given backing by Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, Lewis saying it could be ‘one of the best grands prix of the whole year” and Bernie Ecclestone seems to like the plan too.

 

The bid to run the race comes from  Intelligent Transport Solutions Ltd  who have spoken to Bernie Ecclestone in advance about making a bid for the use of the main Olympic Stadium and the surrounding land. Though the company wouldn’t own the stadium it seems they might run a race that actually enters the stadium as well as racing around the outside of the stadium; this plan may be favored if it allows for other uses of the Stadium as well which football teams such as west Ham and Leyton Orient are keen to use.

 

The idea of having the race come into a 360 degree stadium may also excite F1 bosses with a electric atmosphere similar to that at an american oval good for fans and good for TV the closest currently in F1 being the stadium section at Hockenheim.

 

Many believe the UK should have two races each year, it often has done in the past with a British Grand Prix and European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch and Silverstone each year for much of the 80s. With stars Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton there is certainly plenty of British support and many ticket types sell out each year for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone suggesting a London Grand Prix would easily sell tickets.

 

The idea of having the race come into a 360 degree stadium may also excite F1 bosses with a electric atmosphere similar to that at an american oval good for fans and good for TV the closest currently in F1 being the stadium section at Hockenheim. Its likely that a 2014 London Grand Prix would be the earliest the race would be likely to join the calender.